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Ali King

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  1. Rich, just to be clear mine is a '66 4A - I think one stud may have been original? But it does raise the point that if I am to convert to two studs presumably the alignment has to be better - or should I leave one stud brackets in the rear. If not, do I drill the second hole in the chassis exactly where the second stud in the bracket falls naturally? And how would I do that anyway?
  2. My lower wishbone bracket is loose and only has one stud (thanks for identifying this for me trchris), so I need to replace all four (I think) with two stud versions. I plan to attempt this myself and have the car up on stands at the moment. It looks like there are no shims - is this normal? I've read on the forum that I should consider having strengthening brackets welded to the chassis, which I cannot do myself. Does anyone know of a good reliable welder, ideally who knows this job, who could do it for me at my home? I understand they can be done in situ. Failing that, I suppose I
  3. Thanks Chris, NTC, - such a great forum with great people. I will pm you. Alistair
  4. Hi All, I've now had my TR4A for about 6 weeks. I've done a few of the immediate jobs that needed doing and got it through an MOT, but not sure where to go next and what my priorities should be. The car has had a lot of dodgy work in the past. It is obviously never going to be a concourse car (at least in my ownership!) - what I want to do is make it reliable, safe, a good drive, 'stabilise' it so that it doesn't deteriorate, and gradually improve its look. I plan to do all (most?) of the work myself over time. I'm new to classic cars, though pretty capable, and I would app
  5. Thanks again all. Andy M: A couple of things prompted the test: It had been intermittently firing on 3 cylinders and as the car was new to me, and as I could get a compression tester very cheap, I thought I would give it a go. As it turned out the misfire was on number 1 and seemed to be due to the (right angle) ht cap touching the heater pipe, which I solved by re-routing the ht cable. However, as all the ht caps seem to be very close to the pipe I think I may swap all the ht cables with a new set which have a straight ht cap and will therefore hopefully clear the pipe. Taking onboa
  6. Thanks guys. Not much smoke on startup. So I think my plan of action is to check valve clearances in the not too distant future and recheck compression periodically. I'll report back if I find it's the clearances. Alistair.
  7. Hi All, I've just carried out my first (ever) compression test on my 4A and here are the results: Engine cold, closed throttle: 1) 160; 2) 160; 3) 160; 4) 145 Engine cold, open throttle: 1) 162; 2) 160; 3) 160; 4) 143 Engine cold, open throttle, a little oil down the plug hole: 1) 176; 2) 174; 3) 176; 4) 155 I suppose my slight concern is that cylinder 4 is about 10% different to the others - which are very consistent. Is this anything to worry about and how may it be explained? Just for info, I got my tester from a chinese company
  8. Ali King

    Jack

    Thanks guys, I think I'll go for a scissor jack then and save a bit of weight. This one does just fit under the chassis, but probably not with a flat tyre (hadn't thought of that). Think I'll just keep it on the shelf.
  9. Ali King

    Jack

    This came in the boot of my new TR4A ... My first instinct was to throw it out - is says 1 ton on it, and after picking it up I thought that may be its weight! (actually it's getting on for 6kg). However, after cleaning it up a bit and seeing how it works, it is growing on me. Does anyone know if this was the original issue? If so it may have earned its place next to the spare wheel, if not I think a nice lightweight scissor jack may be in order. Alistair.
  10. Thanks Rich, I have now done that.
  11. I am the new owner of ETM789D a green TR4A, and I'm trying to find out a bit about it's history. I would appear to be the third owner. I met the second owner who had it for about two years, but he had no knowledge of, and there was no documentation whatever about the first 52 years of it's life! I do know that the first owner was a Mr Rounce from Totteridge, but that's it. I have applied for a heritage certificate, but not yet arrived. I have also sent an email to the TR4 registrar, but no response as yet. I know it's a long shot, but has anyone got any knowledge of, or ever seen thi
  12. Thanks for the heads up - it has been quite a few days now and my hope of a response was fading. I'll keep breathing.
  13. Thanks guys. Jase - that colour change will be amazing! Mine has paint code 25 which I understand to be 'Triumph Racing Green', but I have also seen it described as conifer green I think. I plan to just try and tidy up a pretty poor respray where things that should have been removed were just (poorly) masked, and the whole of the engine bay is just a mess. I need to work out how to touch up '2K' paint. Chris - I have emailed the TR4 registrar - hoping to get a reply soon. TT - thanks. When I was fitting the emergency bonnet release I had to undo the catch fitting to drill.
  14. ... forgot to add a pic ...
  15. I am the new owner of ETM789D a green TR4A, and I'm trying to find out a bit about it's history. I would appear to be the third owner. I met the second owner who had it for about two years, but he had no knowledge of, and there was no documentation whatever about the first 52 years of it's life! I have applied for a heritage certificate, but not yet arrived. I know it's a long shot, but has anyone got any knowledge of, or ever seen this car? Any snippets of information would be better than nothing at all. Although it looks ok, the car needs quite a bit of work - it has had a que
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